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SHOW SNIPPETS

  • The Large Team GB wins Overall Silver at the FCI Worlds. Fantastic!

  • Agility Vision will be live streaming the 2014 FCI Worlds in Luxembourg on 11-14 September 2014. (Show Snippets)

  • The STARS and Dumfries shows have reached their limit and are closed for entries. (Show Diary)

  • The Agillidogz show on 19 October has been cancelled as the venue had double booked. (Show Diary)

  • The Dartmoor show in November has been changed from 16 November to 9 November due to a problem with the venue on the original date. (Show Diary)

  • The closing date for the first ever Lagotto show, limited to ABCs, has been extended to 20 September. (Show Snippets)

  • The Agility Team GB  Performance Weekend will take place on 18-19 April 2015 while the date for the Team Day 2 has changed from 27 May to 27June 2015. (Show Snippets)

  • Due to the cancellation of the 2014 Kent Game & Country Fair, Orchard Agility will not be holding their 2 day agility show. (Show Diary)

  • Try outs for the BSD Team going to the FMBB World Championships in The Czech Republic next May will be help on 12 October. (Show Snippets)

  • Good luck to Agility Team GB competing at the Agility FCI World Championships in Luxembourg. (Show Snippets)

  • The Agility Team GB training days for 2015 have been announced  (Show Snippets)

  • Hayley Laches will be taking over from June Bass as head of the BAA.  (Show Snippets)

  • The 2014 Eastbourne show in October has been cancelled. There will be a new date for their May 2015 show. (Show Snippets)

OTHER NEWS & INFO

Training Places & Spaces
Thinking of starting agility and trying to find a club, moving to a new area or some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.

  • GAIT (Glos)

  • Cold Noses Fun Dog Agility (Lancs)

  • North Derbyshire DAC (Derbys)

  • Dig It Dogs (Ches)

  • Warehill Agility Group (Beds)

IMCA – PAWC Italy UK Team News
Yippee yi aye!
The IMCA / PAWC GB Team came home from Italy with an amazing 14 podium places including 3 x Golds. Report to follow.

Rescue News
Foal Farm Animal Rescue is putting on an unaffiliated agiity show and fun pet show to raise funds to rebuild their Main Kennel block for dogs like little guys who were dumped there recently.

Kennel Club Advice on Social Media
The Kennel Club has issued advice to people using Facebook and other social media platforms to discuss issues concerning Kennel Club-based activities such as breeding, competing with and judging dogs. It makes sense.

Keep Fit with Fido
Here's another Kennel Club initiative - a quirky calorie counter and guide to dog sports. But are they including all those bacon baguettes at shows and cakes at training?

FMBB BSD World Champs 2015
The WBSDS and BSDA are planning to send a team to next years BSD World Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015. The selection day will be held  on 12 October at Sandbourne House near Pershore (Worcs)

Charity News
Neil Ellis is doing a charity sky dive for Bowel Cancer on 26 September. He's hoping to raise at least £400 in the next three weeks. AS we say at Agilitynet, 'Happy jumping!'

IFCS Report
It was the first year that FAB had qualified to send a GB Team to the 
International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) World Championships and no one knew what to expect. In the end they came home from The Netherlands with two Gold and three Bronze medals.

BAA News
Hayley Laches will take the helm of the British Agility Association (BAA) organisation from June Bass on 1 September. Some things will remain the same but she also has lots of ideas for making BAA shows even better. For all those who compete or are interested in competing at BAA shows, could you please spare a few minutes to complete this survey.

Kennel Club Council News
The minutes of the Liaison Council meeting on 17 July are now available online. They're kinda long but worth a read.

Crufts Car Stickers
Those jolly 'I've Qualified for Crufts' car stickers are back for 2015. If you have qualified in agility, YKC,  flyball, obedience or breed etc. you can obtain one from Agilitynet by sending an SAE to 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU. They are free but if you send a voluntary donation to the KC Charitable Trust, we'll send you two stickers - one for your car and the other for your dog van.

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

Agility Terrier League
The Terrier League Final 2014 was held at Dog Vegas, Thetford on the 21 June. Well done to the all the winners.

Senior Agility League
This year's 2014 Senior League is in full swing with almost 300 members. If you are 55 or over, there's still time to enter the 2014 League. Do it now. You're not getting any younger.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer X Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

Triple Team Qualifier
TTQ is a new team event for three dogs per team for dogs of all sizes. Heats will be held throughout 2015 with two teams from each heat qualifying for the final

Brillo International Bounce
Congratulations to all the partnerships who have qualified for the Brillo International Bounce Final to be held at the Blenheim show on 6 September.

Drontal Agility Challenge
Except for one Brit, four of the top five qualifiers at  the Pembrokeshire by The Pond show hailed from Wales. And the judge was Welsh, too. Once again the ladies reigned at Heat 8 at the Pet Show at Stoneleigh Park with only one man qualifying for a place in the final. You'll be able to spot him. He's the man with a collie!

, was the winner of Heat 7 at the Rugby Champ show. The rest of results are here.

The Animal Health Co Classic
It was good to see Welsh handlers featuring in the Animal Health line up of Heat 7 at the Welsh KC Champ show which was won by Bonnie Quick.

KC Olympia 2014
Not long to go until the Semi Finals of the KC Agility Stakes at the KCI Festival.  Here is the latest and maybe the last published list of Olympia qualifiers though it could still change in the next few days if anyone else pulls out.

CSJ Highland Stakes
Congratulations to everyone who has qualified for this year's final on Sunday, 6 July at Scotland's National Game Fair at Scone Palace.

E-VENTS

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey

Events added in the last two weeks.


RESCUE DOGS

Some of the latest arrivals are previewed here but there are many more looking for active homes.

Rescue Me
You can now add potential agility dogs direct. It's a faster service and still free to rescue organisations and private individuals! Another new features is a Google map so you can see where the dog is located. Wales may not be THAT far away for the right dog!

SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


REGULAR FEATURES

Job Search
Petsperfect / Agility Warehouse, a busy e-commerce retailer based in North Yorkshire, are looking for another admin person. Previous experience is preferred but not essential as full training will be given.

In Memory...
Very sad news that popular agility competitor and judge Lesley Jeavons passed away on 1 September. There will be a two minute silence at the Tenterden Magic show this weekend in tribute to Lesley who was always a supporter of the show.

Show Diary
Calling all show organisers. We need your help. Please send us the dates for your 2015 shows including who, where and when. Sadly Beacon, Clyde Valley and D5 will not be holding shows in 2015.

Message Board
Keep those good luck messages to our GB Teams competing abroad coming in. They need our support..

Clubs & Trainers
If you are starting a new club or offering private tuition and want to get on the agility map, let us know. We'll send you a simple questionnaire to complete for a free entry on the Agilitynet Clubs & Trainers. Please everybody, can you check that your own club details are correct.

Rainbow Bridge
Candy may have had her 'Sptiz moments' in the ring but she still reached G7. But her cheeky grin will be missed.

Flea Market
Lots of bargains for sale including car cages for probably every size and shape car or van, caravans and tents and pre-loved agility equipment to say nothing of puppies for agility, camping passes and more.

Rescue Me
Thinking about getting another dog for agility? Why not look at one of these rescue dogs who would love an active home.

Advertising on Agilitynet
If you are interested in promoting your products and/or services to the agility community, what better way than via Agilitynet. After all, you are reading it now, aren't you! To find out more about advertising your goods and services, see our rate card.

Judge's A-List
Very soon all the show secretaries will be looking for judges for their 2015 show. Check your contact details now. All types o judges welcome - KC, UKA, FAB, etc.

SPECIALS

Senior Agility League Winners
We hope you enjoy these 2-minute interviews with some of our 2013 SAL Winners. And yes, there seems to be life after 55! Don't miss the interview with Perth the G6 Beagle.

Agility-holic
Lorraine Pearson is a self-confessed agility addict. She originally posted a shorter version of this article onto Agilitynet FB and got so many 'you have just described me' comments that she agreed to go public about her obsession.

Minority Agility Competitors
Just how friendly and diverse is our sport? Kayden Medcalf first brought this issue to our attention on FB. He reports on the results of his on-line survey of heterosexual and LGBT competitors and their experiences at shows and training.

Sports Bras for Agility
A woman can only run as fast as her boobs will allow her! When Lesley Short was made redundant, she decided to have a trade stand selling sports bras as a way of continuing to be part of the agility community.

Happy Days
Richard Partridge explains why he and his wife Sheila decided to adopt a feral dog from Romania when there are so many dogs in the UK needing homes.

Agility Council Rep Mini Profiles
Meet your area Liaison Council rep. They're your voice at the Kennel Club so it is worth getting to know a little more about them.

Country Mun Stopper Pad Protectors
Stopper pads can easily be cut or ripped and injuries are a common reason for trips to the vet. Using these pads can help to avoid the risk of injury and discomfort to your dog and can save lotsa money in treatment costs.

TRAINING

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many incidents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

HEALTH & FITNESS

ICE Cards
Did you ever think what would happen to your dogs should you, heaven forbid, have an accident when travelling to a show or training.  It occurred to Wendy Clay when she was stranded on the motorway in the freezing cold three hours from home, and  stared her thinking about what to do In Case of Emergency...

Agility, Energy & Injuries
Agility may be great fun but all the twisting, turning, jumping and landing can present a challenge to a dog’s joints as well as a drain on energy resources. So we asked James Howie Vet Director at Lintbell's to explain more about the most common injuries in dog agility?

Queuing & Agility Dogs
For the past four years, Stephanie Fleig has been monitoring agility dogs to see how they cope with the excitement and anticipation of agility for her PhD work. She now needs 10 more people who are going to the Lune Valley show to help with her ground-breaking research.

Canine Pancreatitis
Since writing this article, Kay Westgate has had over 50 emails from owners with dogs suffering pancreatitis. They all say they find it helpful.

A Pilates Approach to Dog Agility
Pilates instructor and agility enthusiast Stacy Weeks explains how Pilates can help you be a better handler.

Be AgilityFIT
You might wonder what martial arts have in common with running an agility dog? Personal trainer Mike Wood & Eleanor Balchin have developed an exercise regime specifically for those who compete in dog agility.


DESPERATELY SEEKING...

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